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Artificial left leg, Europe, 1900-1940

Science Museum, London
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A mixture of wood, leather and light metal was used to construct this artificial leg. It was made for someone who had their leg amputated above the knee. The calf and foot of the leg are made from an alloy of aluminium. This is lightweight but durable. The thigh socket is made from mahogany with a perforated metal cover. This allows air to circulate so the wearer will not get too hot. The foot of the leg is shaped as if wearing a shoe. It gives the leg a more realistic appearance. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe

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